The 2010 Erv Markert Hike will be on Oct 16 at 10am on the Queen Catharine Marsh Loop Trail, Watkins Glen, Map QCMLT or M15.

Hike: The QCMLT, in combination with the FLT Map M15, makes an eight mile loop through the Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area, a protected natural wetland at the south end of Seneca Lake in the Village of Watkins Glen. This is a very level, easy hike, utilizing a rail trail and other passageways through the wetland. Waterfowl and other wildlife, along with the changing colors, promise to be abundant this time of year.

Meet: 10:00 AM at Lakeside Park (labeled as Clute Park on Map QCMLT) in Watkins Glen at the southern tip of Seneca Lake.

Directions to Meeting location: From Rt 17/86 take exit 52A (NY 14) into Watkins Glen. Turn right on E 4th St (NY 414), Lakeside Park will be on your left in about 1/2 mile.

Carpooling: From the Binghamton area, please contact Larry Blumberg,  or 607-797-0912

Contact: John Morris, 607-753-7256

Hike report

Sixteen hikers representing a large cross-section of FLTC members and member-clubs enjoyed a very pleasant walk through the heart of the Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area in Watkins Glen, NY on October 16, 2010.

The marsh serves as the inlet to Seneca Lake and is home to many varieties of birds and water fowl.

John AX Morris led this hike, thank you, John !  And, thank you to all of the participants for coming out for this hike. John had some unexpected help from John Smith, a local resident who is heavily involved with trail maintenance on the network of trails within the Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area, including the Catharine
Valley Trail which is a rails-to-trail conversion that will ultimately link Watkins Glen to the Mark Twain St Pk 12 miles to the south.

Pictures from the hike have been posted to the Triple Cities Hiking Club’s website, triplecitieshikingclub.org (click on TCHC photo albums, 2010, and scroll down to the entry for Oct 16, 2010).  Anyone on the hike who also took photos can add them to the album, contact me for information, it’s really quite simple (LBlumberg@stny.rr.com).

Larry Blumberg